Catholic Charities Community Services received a $20,000 grant to help Catholic Charities continue to provide shelter and services through its My Sisters’ Place and Pathways programs for victims of domestic violence.
Recent economic conditions have created “the perfect storm” for victims of domestic violence. According to the Arizona Coalition Against Domestic Violence, state and local funding crises have decreased the funding to assist victims, while economic stressors have increased the severity and incidence of family violence. The situation is compounded because women in shelter are unable to find jobs or affordable housing, which lengthens their shelter stays at a time when there is an increase in demand.
My Sisters’ Place opened in 1985 and provides residential shelter and counseling for up to 120 days. It is one of only two confidential domestic violence shelters in the East Valley.
In addition to shelter, services include counseling, safety planning, case management, court accompaniment, life skills training, linkages to community resources, and legal advocacy.
Pathways provides the above services, transitional housing and support to women who are transitioning to independence once they’ve left the shelter or are in need of services, but have a safe place to stay, such as with friends or family members